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List of French Inventions

A list of famous French inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient French inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of French discoveries and creations includes items the oboe, the metric system, and the hot air balloon, as well as modern French inventions like the polo shirt and the modern raincoat.

Over the years, historical inventions from France have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient France inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by French inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing. 

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    Gothic art Mid-12th century

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    Oboe, or hautbois Mid-17th century

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    First mechanical metronome 1696

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    Clavecin électrique 1759

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    18th century

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    Gambling games and card games 1480

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    Photolithography 1822

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    Daguerreotype

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    Coined photographie 1834

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    Collotype process 1856

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    Praxinoscope of Charles-Émile Reynaud 1877

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    Cabaret by Rodolphe Salis 1881

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    Chronophotography 1882

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    Cinema

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    Motion picture camera

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    Cinematograph 1892

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    Public screening of cinematographic films 1895

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    Developments of the modern Piano

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    Clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument 1947

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    DivX 1998

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    Appert canning jar

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    Natural rubber/latex 1736

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    1783

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    The first extensive list of elements 1787

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    Leblanc process 1791

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    Beryllium

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    Chromium 1797

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    Appertization or Canning 1809

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    Polyvinyl chloride 1838

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    Photovoltaic effect 1839

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    Pasteurization 1862

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    Gallium 1875

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    Production of Liquid oxygen 1877

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    Artificial silk 1884

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    Fluorine 1886

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    Europium 1890

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    Viscose 1891

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    Chemical Bleach

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    Polonium 1898

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    Radium 1898

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    Neon Sign

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    Boron carbide 1899

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    Actinium 1899

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    Grignard reaction 1900

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    Laminated glass 1903

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    Moissanite 1904

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